March 12, 2014
The Lamar Cardinals have a quick turnaround in preparation for the 2014 Border Olympics Friday in Laredo, Texas. Just three days after closing out the General Hackler Championships in South Carolina, the Cardinals step back on the greens and fairways to compete in the Border Olympics. Hosted by Houston, the Border Olympics is a unique two-day tournament that begins Friday with 36 holes, and will close with the final round of 18 holes Saturday. The tournament will be played on the 7,125-yard, par 72 Laredo Country Club course.
The Border Olympics will consist of a nationally competitive 17-team field that will consist of host Houston, Oklahoma, Baylor, Air Force, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Gonzaga, Lamar, McNeese State, Northern Colorado, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas-Arlington, Texas-Pan American and UTSA. Three teams are ranked in the top 25, with one (Houston) currently ranked among the nation's top 10.
Junior Gustaf Burenstam has had the hot hand for Lamar over the course of the past two tournaments. Following a team-low score at the Querencia Cabos Collegiate, Burenstam returned to lead the team at the General Hackler Championships.
Lamar finished fourth at last season's Border Olympics, posting a 12-over par 876. LU carded a three-round 294-290-292 for the fourth-place finish. The three teams that finished ahead of Lamar last season also return for this year's tournament.
After posting a 76 in the second round of the tournament, Burenstam posted his best round of the weekend with an even-par 72 to lead the Cards. He finished with a three-round 73-76-72 - 221 to climb into the top 10. The Cardinals are looking for more consistency at the top of its roster. Sophomore Gregory Wiggins recorded the team's second-lowest score at the General Hackler Championships, but was five strokes back of Burenstam.
Following the Border Olympics, Lamar will have nine-days to prepare for the Floridian Invitational in Palm Beach, Fla.